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7/7 in #Adelanto: Vigil at Adelanto Detention Center to Launch #DefundDetention Campaign

DWN Blog - July 4, 2014 - 13:27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COMMUNITY MEMBERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO DEFUND DETENTION

CONTACT:

  • Christina Fialho, CIVIC, CFialho@endisolation.org | 3852124842
  • Victoria Mena, Defund Detention Campaign Coordinator,  VMena@endisolation.org | 3525621386
  • Luis Nolasco, Justice For Immigrants Coalition Organizer | Nolascoluisf@gmail.com | 9097237409
Vigil to STOP Expansion and Support Migrant Children Adelanto

Community members, advocates, formerly detained immigrants and families devastated by our nation’s immigration laws come together to launch a campaign to Defund Detention, and call for a STOP to the Adelanto expansion. Our communities need healing, not more detention!

Please join the vigil at the Adelanto Detention Center (10400 Rancho Rd, Adelanto, CA 92301) on Monday, July 7, 2014, from 12:30-2:00pm. The vigil will be held while U.S. Representative Judy Chu tours the Adelanto Detention Center. Following her tour, Representative Chu will join the community to report on her experiences inside the facility.

The Defund Detention Campaign is a response to the continued investment in immigrant detention, specifically the proposed expansion of the Adelanto Detention Center. The Adelanto Detention Center already has the capacity to hold 1,300 immigrant men in detention each day. The proposed 640 additional beds will make the Adelanto Detention Center the largest immigration detention center in the country, with 1,940 beds and will then include a women’s housing unit.

“Our archaic system continues to hold onto an arbitrary Congressionally mandated quota that requires 34,000 immigrants to be held in detention each day. Mandatory immigration detention has funneled taxpayer money into private prisons and stretched government resources to the point of failure,” says Victoria Mena, a resident of the desert and the Defund Detention Campaign Coordinator.

Funding an expansion of this facility is irresponsible, especially as tens of thousands of children flood the southern border, escaping extreme abuse, poverty and violence. “Resources should go to help the children seeking asylum, not to grow private prisons,” says Luis Nolasco, organizer with the Justice For Immigrants Coalition, who will be collecting donations for migrant children who just arrived to the Inland Empire. The Adelanto Detention Center is run by GEO Group, a publicly traded corporation that, according to research by Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) receives more taxpayer dollars for immigrant detention than any other entity. Yet, GEO Group and the Adelanto Detention Center have been the subject of countless abuse and neglect allegations, including the death of Mr. Fernando Dominguez while in ICE custody in 2012.

Advocates have documented allegations that include inadequate health care, arbitrary and overuse of solitary confinement, lack of sufficient nutrients and maggots in the food. Detained immigrants have also reported harassment by GEO staff and intimidation by ICE officers. These allegations of abuse and mistreatment have placed the Adelanto Detention Center on Detention Watch Network’s list of the worst detention facilities in the country.

“It’s a grave injustice that our government and our President promote this extreme form of isolation and violence. The people should not be forced to fund its expansion,” says Christina Fialho, a California attorney and the cofounder/executive director of CIVIC.

The time to act is now! Expanding Adelanto is unacceptable!

Join us, sign the petition to STOP THE EXPANSION: Bit.ly/No_Expansion and learn more at defunddetention.org.

****The Vigil will also serve as a collection point for food and toiletry donations to support community efforts caring for migrant children and families new to the Inland Empire. The most needed items are: Baby formula, baby food, diapers, canned food, nonperishable food, and personal toiletries *****
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20 Members of Congress Call for an End to the Indefinite Detention of Immigrants

DWN Blog - July 2, 2014 - 13:10

via the Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard:

Members urge the Department of Homeland Security to reform America’s unfair and inhumane detention system

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) led a group of 20 Members of Congress in writing a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, calling on him to reform his Department’s flawed immigration detention policies.  The letter follows President Obama’s statement earlier this week that he intended to use his executive authority to address the worst aspects of America’s broken immigration system. Each year, almost 400,000 immigrants are locked up at U.S. detention facilities, at an annual cost of more than $2 billion to the American taxpayer.  Disturbingly, a series of abuses, including beatings, sexual assaults, and management cover-ups, has been reported at these facilities. In their letter to Secretary Johnson, the Members decried the fact that immigrants may currently be held indefinitely in our nation’s detention centers without any opportunity to appear before a judge.  To correct this troubling lack of due process, they urged Secretary Johnson to provide all immigrants in prolonged detention with a bond hearing within six months of their detention. They also encouraged the Secretary to take steps to allow for greater use of proven Alternatives to Detention (ATD).  These measures, including ankle bracelets and telephonic monitoring, offer a more humane, cost-effective option to keep track of vulnerable immigrants.  Finally, in an effort to prevent future abuses, the Members called on the Department of Homeland Security to fully implement its most recent detention standards—the 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS)—at all facilities where immigrants are held. The full text of the Members’ letter is below.

It’s time to bring our unjust and inhumane approach to immigration enforcement back into line with our American values,” said Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. “This includes ensuring that everyone in our government’s custody has access to basic due process.  Indefinite detention is contrary to our nation’s bedrock legal principles, and it should no longer be a feature of our immigration system.  I urge President Obama and Secretary Johnson to make immigration detention reform a priority as they consider badly needed changes to the ways we enforce our immigration laws.

Our broken detention system is coming at a high cost both to taxpayers and families who are needlessly being ripped apart,” said Congressman Bill Foster. “Every year, we spend over $2 billion detaining immigrants when we could be making better use of alternatives to detention that cost anywhere from 70 cents to $17 a day. I am pleased that President Obama will be taking executive action on immigration, and I strongly encourage him to reform our broken detention system.

After visiting the Northwest Detention Center in my district to speak with detainees on hunger strike, it became clear to me that standards surrounding our detention practices need to be fixed,” said Congressman Adam Smith.  “Many detainees are fathers or mothers that have committed no crime, yet are being held in unacceptable conditions for a prolonged period of time.  With House Republican’s refusing to bring up comprehensive immigration reform, we need to act now.  I urge President Obama and Secretary Jeh Johnson to encourage Alternatives to Detention and reform our detention system.

——————————- July 1, 2014 The Honorable Jeh Johnson Secretary Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Ave, NW Washington, DC 20528 Dear Secretary Johnson: We are pleased that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting a review of its deportation practices and write to encourage you to consider badly-needed reforms to DHS’s detention policies as part of that process. We remain deeply concerned by the dramatic increase in immigration detention in recent years. As you know, in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 – the most recent year for which statistics are publically available – Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained a record 478,000 individuals [PDF], a nearly 500 percent increase over the last decade.  All told this year, American taxpayers will spend over $2 billion to maintain 34,000 detention beds – a congressionally imposed, arbitrary number that does not reflect the actual needs of your agency. We are heartened by your recent testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security clarifying that the Department will continue to reasonably interpret this quota as a requirement to maintain those detention beds, but not to keep them full unless necessary. While we continue to press for legislative reforms in Congress, we urge you to make the following administrative changes to your Department’s immigration detention policies

  1. Adopt a national standard providing all immigrants in prolonged detention with a bond hearing after no more than six months, consistent with recent circuit and district court decisions.

ICE continues to detain individuals for months or even years while their cases are pending. Many either receive no review of their prolonged detention, or only paper reviews by DHS that serve  to “rubber stamp” their continued incarceration. We strongly encourage you to adopt a national standard providing all immigrants in prolonged detention with a bond hearing before an immigration judge after no more than six months, where the government bears the burden of justifying their continued incarceration.  This is in line with Supreme Court precedent holding that prolonged detention without review by a judge raises serious constitutional concerns.  Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit adopted this six-month rule and it should now be expanded nationwide.

  1. Revise the Department’s interpretation of mandatory custody.

The DHS interpretation of mandatory custody under 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c) should include supervision of individuals on alternative forms of custody that are short of physical, jail-like detention. The statute does not place any textual limitation on the meaning of “custody” and the term is not defined  in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) or other immigration regulations. In addition, the Supreme Court has ruled that determining whether someone is in “custody” should be based upon the identity of the custodian and not the form of custody employed. Such an interpretation would allow for expanded use of proven alternatives to detention (ATD), which represent a highly effective means of meeting the goals of civil immigration detention. ATD also cost between 17 cents and $17 dollars per day making them much more cost effective than physical detention, which costs around $159 dollars a day. Moreover, they constitute a more humane option for vulnerable individuals, such as mentally ill, elderly, and pregnant immigrants.

  1. Bring all facilities into line with the 2011 Performance-Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS) and additional directives, and take steps to close down facilities with a history of abuse.

ICE’s facilities, which include private prisons, state and local jails, as well as ICE-owned facilities, operate under widely varying detention standards, including prior versions of the PBNDS dating from 2000 and 2008. ICE reports that approximately 40 percent of the agency’s average population is not covered by the most recent 2011 PBNDS. All ICE facilities should operate under the 2011 PBNDS, the Prison Rape Elimination Act regulations, and the 2013 Segregation Directive. DHS should also rigorously evaluate facilities, make all reports and audits of detention facilities public in a timely manner, and end contracts with any facilities where the two most recent overall performance evaluations received by the facility were less than “adequate,” as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. These common-sense reforms will help ensure that our nation conducts immigration enforcement in a more fair, cost-effective and humane way and we urge you to swiftly adopt them. We look forward to continuing to work with you on immigration policy and other critical issues facing our nation. Sincerely,

  • Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
  • Congressman Theodore E. Deutch
  • Congressman Bill Foster
  • Congressman Adam Smith
  • Congressman Beto O’Rourke
  • Congressman Raul M. Grijalva
  • Congressman Sam Farr
  • Congressman Albio Sires
  • Congresswoman Dina Titus
  • Congressman Marc A. Veasey
  • Congressman James P. McGovern
  • Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky
  • Congresswoman Suzan K. DelBene
  • Congresswoman Gwen Moore
  • Congressman Jared Polis
  • Congressman Rush Holt
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • Congressman Mike Quigley
  • Congressman Jim McDermott
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas

Advocates Denounce @BarackObama for Seeking $2 Billion to Detain & Deport Women & Children on the Border

DWN Blog - July 1, 2014 - 13:30

(See DWN member statement’s below)

Embedded Image by Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times: “A Border Patrol agent, with Alejandro, 8, who traveled by himself across the Rio Grande.”

Detention Watch Network Says White House’s Renewed Policy of Family Detention and Deportation Puts Women and Children at Risk for Political Points on Immigration

In reaction to this weekend’s announcement that the Obama Administration would seek $2 billion from Congress to detain and deport women and children arriving at the border,  member organizations issue the following statements (List in formation: Check back for updates)

Silky Shah, interim executive director of the Detention Watch Network issued the following statement:

With this weekend’s announcement that President Obama will seek more than $2,000,000,000 from Congress to detain and expedite deportations for women and children on the border-  President Obama made clear that he is fully embracing his role as Deporter-in-Chief – detaining more than 478,000 people in 2012 alone. The US has the resources and ability to provide refuge for the families fleeing Central America. Much smaller countries with a fraction of the resources (e.g. Lebanon, Jordan) provide refugee assistance to twice as many migrants as the US. Rather than considering additional funding for expanding detention and increasing deportations Congress should shift funds away from DHS and ICE and provide more resources for refugee assistance for families arriving at the border. Following the announcement late last week that the Obama Administration will be reopening family detention facilities on the border, we are deeply disappointed in the White House’s willingness to sacrifice women and children for political cover in the national immigration debate.


7/9 in #DC: Immigrant Children, Youth & Parents Tell Their Stories of Family Separations

DWN Blog - June 30, 2014 - 09:37

in cooperation with Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Rush Holt

invite you to a conversation with immigrant families

“Since My Mother Left”: Immigrant Children, Youth and Parents Tell Their Stories of Family Separations and Share Dreams of a Better Tomorrow

Kennedy Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building,

2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Wednesday July 9th, 2014

11:45 am – 12:45pm

**Light refreshments will be served**

The United States promotes family values, yet these ideals are undermined in the current immigration enforcement system that leaves children without the loving care of their parents. In FY12 over 470,000 immigrants were removed from their families and communities and funneled into the detention and deportation pipeline. Deportations without due process and policies such as the “bed quota”–which makes ICE’s funding contigent on requirement to maintain 34,000 immigrant detention beds each day–contribute to the record-breaking number of families that are torn apart.

  • According to US Customs and Immigration Enforcement, over 200,000 parents of U.S. citizen children were deported during 2010-2012, leaving tens of thousands of children without at least one of their parents.
  • Every day more than 1,000 immigrants are deported, pulled from their families and communities.
  • Nearly 60% of detention beds are operated by private prison companies that profit from the incarceration of immigrants.

On July 9th, immigrant children and families, who have traveled from New Jersey to Washington, DC, will share how current immigration policies impact their lives and what policies will help them fully realize their dreams.

Speakers include:

  • Jamil Sunsan – a 12 year-old U.S. citizen whose parents & sister were deported to Honduras
  • Kady Cisse – a 23 year- old U.S. citizen whose mother was deported to Cote D’Ivoire in 2003
  • Javier Hernandez – a 17 year-old whose father was deported on June 5, 2014

Please RSVP at www.afsc.org/briefing-rsvp or contact Lia Lindsey at llindsey@afsc.org.

Make sure your members of Congress hear their voices. Contact your representatives today—ask them to be there to listen on July 9.

 


Detention Watch Network Slams @BarackObama on the Opening of Artesia Family Detention Center

DWN Blog - June 27, 2014 - 20:19

(See statements from DWN member organizations below)

DWN Says WH’s Renewed Policy of Family Detention and Deportation Puts Women and Children at Risk for Political Points on Immigration

Statement from Silky Shah, interim executive director of the Detention Watch Network,  on today’s announcement that the Obama Administration has begun incarcerating families at the Artesia Detention Center, a former law enforcement training facility in New Mexico.

Today, with the announcement of the opening of the Artesia Family Detention Center and plans to expedite deportations for women and children –  President Obama made clear that he is fully embracing his role as Deporter-in-Chief and as the president with the highest rate of immigrant detention in American history, with 478,000 detained in FY 2012 alone.  The White House’s willingness to sacrifice women and children for political cover in the national immigration debate is a new low.   We urge the Administration to immediately halt the renewed use of family detention, a policy that largely ended in 2009 after the decision to stop the detention of children at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center in Texas.  Families were released from Hutto due to outrage from advocates and policymakers citing abusive and unsanitary conditions, including children wearing prison uniforms, being held in prison cells with open-air toilets, and being threatened with alarming disciplinary tactics, including threats of separation from their parents if they cried too much or played too loudly.  Family detention is inhumane and abusive and should be stopped immediately.

Statements from DWN member organizations:


Updated Events During the 34 Days to #EndTheQuota

DWN Blog - June 25, 2014 - 19:12


TweetUp Friday 6/27 at 2pm EST: Join Twitter discussion on #LGBTQ Rights & How to #EndtheQuota

DWN Blog - June 25, 2014 - 15:51

Participating organizations will be:

Follow the discussion with hashtag #EndTheQuota.


Watch via @EndIsolation: Marcela Castro on being detained at James A Musick Facility in CA

DWN Blog - June 25, 2014 - 11:55

via CIVIC:

CIVIC is excited to release the fourth video in our series, “Detention Stories: Life Inside California’s New Angel Island.”  The purpose of this project is to build public awareness of immigration detention in California and provide people in immigration detention with a platform to tell their stories about their experience in immigration detention.  You can check out the latest video featuring Marcela Castro at the James Musick Facility above.For those of you who attended CIVIC’s retreat, you will remember meeting Marcela Castro, who is featured in this film.

To watch more of CIVIC’s videos, visit youtube.com/endisolation. If you liked this video, show your support for the project. Donate today at www.endisolation.org/donate.

If you are a visitor volunteer based in California and know a person who is either in immigration detention or who has been released from immigration detention who might be interested in being featured in a video or audio recording, please let us know.


New Toolkit via @WRCommission to Help Immigrant Parents Keep Their Families Together

DWN Blog - June 25, 2014 - 09:15

The Women’s Refugee Commission is pleased to announce the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can’t be with them

This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first-ever comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems.

The toolkit will also be a valuable resource for attorneys, advocates, family members and others who work with immigrant families. It provides critical information to ensure that family unity and children’s best interests are taken into consideration in immigration, child welfare, and family court decisions.

More than 5,100 children are currently in the U.S. foster care system because a parent has been detained or deported. Some parents have even lost their parental rights, and will likely never see their children again.

Detained and deported parents retain the legal right to make decisions about what happens to their children, even if children are temporarily out of their care. However, practically speaking, logistical barriers, a lack of coordination between the immigration and child welfare systems, and a lack of awareness of undocumented parents’ rights can make it extremely difficult to put families back together once the immigration and child welfare systems are involved.

Detained or Deported: What about my children? guides parents and those who work with them through the steps they need to take to keep children from entering the child welfare system, locate children in that system, comply with a child welfare case plan, participate in family court and make arrangements for children at the conclusion of a parent’s immigration case. It includes information on how to get a lawyer and how to stay in touch with children.

Detained or Deported: What about my children? has been approved by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for placement in all detention facilities that hold adults for more than 72 hours.

  • An interactive version of the toolkit is available at  wrc.ms/1gYgvrP
  • A printable version of the toolkit is available at wrc.ms/1ki59zN
  • For a print copy, contact info@wrcommission.org . Note, supplies are limited.
  • Learn more about the Women’s Refugee Commission’s work on parental rights at wrc.ms/1oRrgwx

Echa un vistazo a la nueva en infografica sobre la cuota de 34,000 inmigrantes en detención: #NoMásCuota

DWN Blog - June 16, 2014 - 09:12
Haga clic en la imagen para ver la versión más grande (o descargar en PDF aquí):


Estados Unidos tiene la infraestructura para la detención de inmigrantes más grande del mundo y hoy, el gobierno de los EE.UU. encierra y deporta a más inmigrantes que nunca antes. La expansión del sistema se debe en parte a una arbitraria cuota establecida por el Congreso requiriendo el encarcelamiento de 34,000 inmigrantes en cualquier momento dado. La cuota de camas para inmigrantes en detención, que empezó en el 2009, requiere que el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) encierre a un promedio de 34,000 inmigrantes -cerca de medio millón al año-en una red de más de 250 cárceles de condado y estatales, prisiones privadas e instalaciones federales.

Aquí están las versiones recortadas de la imagen para compartir en las redes sociales (haga clic para descargar los tamaños más grandes de la imagen)

   


via @LatinoAdvocacy1: #FathersDay Fast & Rally at Northwest Detention Center in #Tacoma

DWN Blog - June 13, 2014 - 21:41

Photo from April 2014 Action in Tacoma

MEDIA ADVISORY For immediate release: June 12, 2014

 Contact: Maru Mora Villalpando (206) 251-6658  and Jolinda Stephens (614) 915-4079

WHAT: Rally and Report from the Morning’s People’s Movement Assembly

WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 1 pm

WHERE: Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma, WA

WHO:  Hunger strike leaders, families of those detained in the immigration prison and migration justice groups from around the Pacific Northwest

HIGHLIGHTS: Details of the actions plans developed by local groups in collaboration with detention and migration justice groups in the U. S., Canada, Spain and England; Fathers Day Fast announced.

 About 100 families separated by the deportation machine and groups working to bring justice to the immigration system will meet in Tacoma Saturday morning, June 14. They will be joined via Skype with groups from the U. S. and around the world, including the Detention Watch Network (DC), Conroe TX detention center supporters, No One Is Illegal of Toronto, No CIEs of Valencia and Madrid (Spain), Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the National Day Laborers Organizing Network. They will share the work they are doing and develop shared strategies to address the crisis facing families torn apart by immigration practices. The rally will include reports from that assembly, as well a music loud enough to be heard inside the immigration prison and phone calls from inside which may announce a new hunger strike.

On the eve of the celebration of family, Fathers’ Day, the rally will support all those separated from their families. “We are doing all of this to make the President understand and to finally do something,” remarked Veronica Noriega, wife of hunger strike leader Ramon Mendoza Pascual. “We would like the President to explain to all of our children why they can’t hug their parents this Fathers’ Day. How would he tell them that he is deporting their parents. Everyone talks about the economy. They talk about the border, but they don’t talk about the children who won’t be able to hug their parents this Fathers’ Day. Enough! Not one more!”

Despite concerted efforts by Geo and ICE to impede organizing, Colectiva de Detenidos NWDC is organizing a Fathers’ Day Fast. We expect to hear from some of those leaders at the rally.

The Peoples Movement Assembly in planning for several weeks is meeting at a politically crucial time. “With the defeat of Cong. Cantor, the President has lost his excuse to delay desperately needed relief for undocumented immigrants. There now remains not one ray of hope that Congress will pass the Senate bill or any version of it for several years,” said Maru Mora Villalpando, one of the assembly organizers. “We cannot wait any longer. The country cannot wait any longer. The great majority of the American people are generous and welcoming to immigrants. It is time for President Obama to act. No more excuses.”

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Petition on behalf of Hunger Strikers and latest releases available at: www.notonemoredeportation.com/2014/03/10/detention-hunger-strike/

Fund to support the families of human rights hunger strikers: http://www.gofundme.com/7orehg


via @SEARAC: June 21st vigils for Cambodian families in #Seattle, #Stockton & #DC

DWN Blog - June 13, 2014 - 20:25
via Mari Quenemoen, Policy Manager, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Please join us and our community partners in Stockton, Seattle, and Washington, DC on Saturday, June 21st for simultaneous vigils in support of families of Cambodian former refugees who are facing imminent deportation.  Touch Hak and dozens of others, including two men from the Stockton area, were detained at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center last month and processed for deportation to Cambodia. Please come to show your support for them, their wives, children, parents, and communities who are experiencing deep shock and trauma from these detentions and deportations, and show ICE that AAPI immigrant communities and their allies are standing up in Stockton, Seattle, DC, and across the country against deportation. Stay tuned for event listings.

Watch: Recorded Webinar on How You Can Help #EndtheQuota for Immigration Detention

DWN Blog - June 12, 2014 - 17:30

The expansion of the immigrant detention system is in part due to an arbitrary quota from Congress that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time. The immigration detention bed quota, which started in 2009, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up an average of 34,000 immigrants in detention – close to half a million immigrants annually – in a network of over 250 county and state jails, private prisons and federal facilities. In this webinar we explain the very basics of what the detention bed quota is, and the process on how we can eliminate it. We also share information about the End The Quota campaign and ways in which organizations and individuals can get involved.


Watch: #EndTheQuota in House Appropriations Committee Meeting June 11, 2014

DWN Blog - June 11, 2014 - 15:53

In the House Appropriations hearing on the Department of Homeland Security funding, there were a lot of great statements on the bed quota throughout the hearing. Rep. Lowey condemns the bed quota in her opening remarks. Rep. Quigley introduced an amendment to eliminate the quota, and Reps. Honda, Serrano, and Valadao all spoke in favor the amendment. Quigley withdrew the amendment since he knew it wouldn’t pass the committee; however, no one spoke out in opposition to the amendment.


New Infographic to #EndTheQuota for Immigration Detention

DWN Blog - June 11, 2014 - 11:46
Click image to view larger version (or download PDF here):

The United States has the largest immigrant detention infrastructure in the world and today, the U.S. government locks up and deports more immigrants than ever before. The expansion of the system is in part due to an arbitrary quota from Congress that requires the incarceration of 34,000 immigrants in detention at any given time. The immigration detention bed quota, which started in 2009, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to lock-up an average of 34,000 immigrants in detention – close to half a million immigrants annually – in a network of over 250 county and state jails, private prisons and federal facilities.

Here are cropped versions for sharing on social media (click for larger sizes):


 


New @ACLU report: Warehoused & Forgotten – Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow #PrivatePrisons System

DWN Blog - June 10, 2014 - 09:13

via Carl Takei, Staff Attorney, National Prison Project, American Civil Liberties Union

I am very pleased to announce a new report by the ACLU and ACLU of Texas, “Warehoused and Forgotten: Immigrants Trapped in Our Shadow Private-Prison System” (June 2014).  Every year, the federal Bureau of Prisons subjects tens of thousands of immigrants to lengthy prison sentences simply for unlawfully crossing the border. These nonviolent immigrants are hidden in a shadow system of privately run Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons. Our a multi-year investigation of the five CAR prisons in Texas uncovered evidence of abysmal conditions, families torn apart, and the excessive use of isolated confinement. For too long, CAR facilities have operated in the shadows, effectively free from public scrutiny.  That ends now.

See the report and other materials summarizing our findings online at: aclu.org/CARabuse

Please read and share links widely.  Also, if you have Twitter, we are using the hashtag #CARabuse to promote the report.  Some suggested tweets:
*        New ACLU, ACLU TX report on BOP’s warehousing of immigrants in a shadow for-profit prison system http://bit.ly/1pFtl11 #CARabuse
*        New ACLU, ACLU TX report: “the symbol of everything wrong w/ criminalizing #immigration and #massincarceration http://bit.ly/1pFtl11 #CARabuse

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions about the report!


34 Days to End the 34,000 Quota! / 34 días para eliminar la cuota!

DWN Blog - June 9, 2014 - 14:13

Click for larger image to download

The next 34 days are critical in our collective efforts to end the 34,000 immigrant detention quota. Sign-up today to get involved during the 34 Days to End The Quota.

During the month of June, the House of Representatives will be voting on the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bill, which includes the detention bed quota. In the meantime, 34,000 immigrants continue to be locked-up at any given time in detention and thousands of families and communities continue to be torn apart. Now is the time to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE and ORGANIZE to #EndTheQuota. From watching and sharing the End The Quota video, and signing-up to host an event or action in your community, to calling and meeting with your members of Congress, we need all hands on deck! Now is the time to act and stop the arbitrary quota that keeps thousands of immigrants behind jail walls.

Here are 6 things you can do to End The Quota: 
  1. Join DWN’s End The Quota webinar, this Thursday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Register here.
  2. Hold educational events, community forums or teach-ins about the immigration detention system and the impact of the 34,000 detention bed quota on our communities. For educational materials and resources go here.
  3. Call and/or visit your members of Congress and ask them to eliminate the immigration detention bed quota from the FY 2015 appropriations bill.  Ask your Representative to vote for the Deutch-Foster amendment that strikes the quota language from the bill. For advocacy materials go here.
  4. Organize an action, or vigil outside a detention center, ICE office or congressional member’s office. Contact Catalina Nieto cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org for support.
  5. Write an op-ed or letter to the editor about the impact of the quota in your community. For sample talking points go here.
  6. Share End The Quota action alerts, videos, infographics, posters, and fact sheets viaFacebookTwitter, Instagram, e-mail, and blogs.
For more info or to get involved contact Catalina Nieto at cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org ————————– Los próximos 34 días son cruciales para nuestros esfuerzos colectivos por eliminar la cuota de 34,000 camas para inmigrantes en detención. Inscríbete hoy mismo y participa en la campaña 34 Días para Eliminar la Cuota.

Durante el mes de junio, la Cámara de Representantes del Congreso estará votando la ley de asignaciones presupuestarias para el año 2015 la cual incluye una cuota para camas en detención. Mientras tanto, se sigue encerrando a 34,000 inmigrantes en cualquier momento dado y miles de familias y comunidades continúan siendo destrozadas. Ahora es el momento para ABOGAR, EDUCAR y ORGANIZARSE para #EndtheQuota, #NoMásCuota.

Desde ver y compartir el video para Eliminar la Cuotaapuntarte para organizar un evento o acción en tu comunidad o llamar y reunirte con tus representantes en el Congreso-¡necesitamos la ayuda de todos!  Es el momento de actuar y acabar con esa arbitraria cuota que mantiene a miles de inmigrantes tras las rejas de una cárcel.

A continuación te sugerimos 6 cosas que Tú puedes hacer para Eliminar la Cuota:
  1. Unirte al webinar de DWN sobre Eliminar la Cuota, este jueves, 12 de junio a las 2:00p.m. hora este. Inscríbete aquí.
  2. Organizar eventos educativos, foros comunitarios o talleres acerca del sistema de detención de inmigrantes y el impacto que tiene la cuota de 34,000 camas sobre nuestras comunidades.Para ver y descargar material educativo y recursos de referencia haz clic aquí.
  3. Llamar o visitar a los miembros del Congreso y pedirles que eliminen la cuota de camas para inmigrantes en detención de la ley de asignaciones del año fiscal 2015. Pídele a tu representante que vote por la enmienda DeutchFoster que anulara el lenguaje sobre la cuota de detención de la ley de asignaciones. Para ver materiales de defensoría legislativa haz clic aquí.
  4. Organizar una acción o vigilia afuera de un centro de detención, de las oficinas del Servicio de Inmigración o de la oficina de un congresista. comunícate con Catalina Nieto a:cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org si necesitas apoyo.
  5. Escribir una nota de opinión o una carta al editor acerca del impacto de la cuota en tu comunidad. Para ver ejemplos de los puntos a tratar dirígete aquí.
  6. Comparte boletines, videos, afiches, infográficas y material de referencia acerca de la campaña para Eliminar la Cuota a través de FacebookTwitter, Instagram, por correo electrónico o en blogs.
Para mayor información comunícate con Catalina Nieto a: cnieto@detentionwatchnetwork.org

Watch via @HRW: “Don’t Call 911″ – Immigrant crime victims in Nashville, TN discuss #SComm

DWN Blog - June 4, 2014 - 11:36

via Human Rights Watch:

The use of state and local authorities to enforce US immigration laws undermines public safety by raising fear of the police among immigrant communities. States and cities across the United States should separate community police work from federal immigration enforcement.

The 3:44-minute video, which contains accounts from immigrant crime victims in Nashville, Tennessee, illustrates that the federal Secure Communities program, which enlists local law enforcement throughout the country in federal efforts to identify immigrants eligible for deportation, makes immigrants afraid to report crimes to the police. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 on similar fears of law enforcement among female farmworkers who are survivors of sexual assault.

Watch more here.